Seven Ferraris were stolen during the 10-day celebration, including four 512s, two F40s and one Testarossa. Thieves made off with cars that were left unattended by Italian, German and Dutch collectors.
Italian President Oscar Luigi Scalfaro was scheduled to give a short speech and have a brief look at the Ferraris in Rome's Dei Marmi Stadium, then leave for other official duties. Security officers planned for a half-hour visit, but Scalfaro stayed more than an hour and looked at almost all of the cars.
The estimated value of the 271 cars that came from 24 nations to be displayed in Rome was $300 million to $470 million.
A 375 MM Spider that was a gift from the movie director Roberto Rossellini to the actress Ingrid Bergman was on display. The car was built in 1954 by Pininfarina.
The oldest Ferrari on display was the AAC 815 that Alberto Ascari drove in the 1950 Mille Miglia road race. After he left Alfa, Enzo Ferrari was forbidden to use his name on racing cars for four years. AAC stands for Auto Avio Costruzioni.